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let's go to the movies.

"Mouse Hunt" is the story of two down-on-their luck brothers who inherit an old mansion. It turns out that the place is an architectural masterpiece worth millions of dollars, but it's inhabited by a mouse that has no intention of leaving.

The movie will be shown at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. "Mouse Hunt" is rated PG. Tickets are $1 per person. Information is available through the YWCA of the Tonawandas at 692-5580.

Everybody gets into the act.

A vaudeville show for families is planned at the Jewish Community Center, 2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville, at 2 p.m. Sunday.

In Jest Comedy Productions presents "A Zany Show that will Knock Your Socks Off," featuring juggling, stunts and audience participation led by Nels Cremean and Andy Barden. A juggling workshop follows the show.

Before the show, between 1 and 2 p.m., the center will hold an open house to explain this year's programs at Camp Centerland and Camp Lakeland. Any family who registers for the camp is admitted free to the vaudeville performance. For others, the cost is $5 per person.

Call 688-4033 for information.

3. Learn about life among the Iroquois.

Geoffrey Harding, a nationally recognized artist who was born in Lockport, will talk about his paintings, which reflect his fascination with the lore and lives of woodland Native Americans, especially the Iroquois peoples. His work invokes Native American philosophies to create reflections of that vanished way of life.

"A Conversation With Geoffrey Harding" will take place in the Fort Niagara Officers' Club at 2 p.m. Saturday. It's the third in a wintertime series of "Beat Cabin Fever" talks presented by the Old Fort Niagara Association. The program is open to the public, but seating is limited and advance reservations are required. Tickets are $6.75 adults, $4.50 children. Call 745-7611.

4. The knee bone's connected to the ...

A program that explains dinosaurs from the inside out is planned for children between ages 5 and 7. Karen Wallace and Pat Schiavone of the museum's education department will look at the bones, claws and toothy jaws of these creatures and explain them in a way that youngsters can understand.

The workshop will be held between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Museum of Science. The cost ($10 for members, $12 for non-members) also covers museum admission and allows participants to view the exhibit "Dinosaurs: Gentle Giants and Prehistoric Predators."

Call 896-5200 to register.

5. Strike up the big band.

The award-winning American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, 85 members strong, will perform a pops concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.

Selections, led by director William Weikert, include "The Cowboys," "In the Miller Mood," "Li'l Abner" and "Easter Monday on the White House Lawn." Vocalists are Henry Pendleton and Maureen Allen. Eddy Baker will play the organ.

Tickets, at the door, are $7. Call 692-2413 for sites for advance ticket sales.